June 28, 2022 - Falls Church School Board Work Session
During its June Work Session, the Falls Church School Board continued its discussion on developing a policy to guide the annual task of School Calendar creation. They are working on a draft policy and continue to seek your input. The board also received an in-depth briefing on School Safety & Security at FCCPS in light of the recent school tragedies in our country.
June 29, 2022
June 14, 2022 - Falls Church School Board Regular Meeting
Historically, the final School Board Meeting of the school year is a time of celebration. This year was exceedingly so - with a bit of 'History-Making' thrown in for good measure. Coaches and student-athletes, student board and committee representatives, Choral, Band, and Theatrical Arts members all were congratulated in the School Board Spotlight. And with athletes and supporters of Meridian Girls Wrestling looking on (above), the Board also approved a Resolution calling on the Virginia High School League to sanction girls wrestling as a sport! They are the first Board in Virginia to approve such a document, but probably not the last. Today, the Resolution will be sent, not only to the VHSL, but to the Governor, local lawmakers, and every school superintendent in Virginia urging them to do the same!
June 15, 2022
May 31, 2022 - Falls Church School Board Special Meeting
During a Special Meeting Tuesday night, the Falls Church School Board drafted a statement committing to add gun safety items to its legislative priorities. It also calls on State and National legislators to add the following "to protect our schools, students, and staff: barring the purchase of high capacity magazines; maintaining red flag laws; implementing mandatory waiting periods; enforcing universal background checks; requiring safe storage of guns and ammunition; banning ownership of assault weapons; mandating new handguns sold in the state have childproofing; adopting regulations on gun parts, and allowing local jurisdictions to make their own gun laws."
June 01, 2022
May 24, 2022 - Falls Church School Board Work Session
The Falls Church School Board opened its meeting with a moment of silence for the victims of the Robb Elementary School shooting. Dr. Noonan has issued a statement regarding the horrific events of yesterday. During the meeting, the Board received two highly anticipated reports to guide the division's work both in the near term and out several years. K-12 Insight presented the results of the FCCPS Climate Survey of students taken just prior to Spring Break. Dr. Noonan then presented details of the new five-year, 2022-2027 FCCPS Strategic Plan. The plan focuses on five areas of work: IB Infused Teaching & Learning, Wellness, Equity & Belonging, Resource Management & Continuous Improvement, Communication & Engagement, and Investing in Our People. The meeting also included further discussion on codifying the school calendar process and an update on Collective Bargaining.
May 25, 2022
FCCPS 2022 Celebration of Excellence
Congratulations to all Staff Recognized at the Celebration of Excellence Thursday, May 12, 2022 FCEF Teach of the Year - Jennifer Jayson (Meridian Math Teacher) Professional Specialist of the Year: Jennifer Fessenden (PreK - 12 Math Coordinator) Support Staff Employee of the Year- Academic: Alane O’Neill (OSE Technology Aide) Support Staff Employee of the Year- Operations: Sindy Morel (Assistant Director of Food Services) All nominees receive two courtesy tickets to the FCEF Gala & Auction, courtesy of the Steve & Nancy Sprague Teacher Leadership Fund, and the overall winner receives a prize of $1500, funded by the Foundation.
May 13, 2022
May 10, 2022 - Falls Church School Board Regular Meeting
During its Regular Monthly meeting in May, the Falls Church School Board approved the division's budget for the 2022-2023 school year. The Budget focuses on employee compensation, working conditions, and investments in our schools. They celebrated the career of Marc Robarge, who is retiring this year, and congratulated him and his students for the moving Memory Project (see video below). The Board also commended the Robotics Meridian Team and Scholastic Bowl team on their seasons.
May 11, 2022
Roots, Resilience, & Renewal - Week 36
In this episode: Superintendent’s Update Updates on Spring Assessments #HandleWithCare COVID Reminders & Information FCCPS COVID by the Numbers
May 06, 2022
April 26, 2022 - Falls Church School Board Work Session
In this meeting – Collective Bargaining Update CIA Data Presentation Update School Calendar Process Quarterly Budget Report
April 27, 2022
Roots, Resilience, & Renewal - Week 34
In this issue: Superintendent’s Update Information about Autism Awareness Month COVID Reminders & Information FCCPS COVID by the Numbers
April 22, 2022
April 5, 2022 - Falls Church School Board Regular Meeting
At its Regular Meeting for April, the Falls Church School Board with a series of celebrations – for the conclusion of the 2-year IB Evaluation, the incredibly successful Meridian Girls Basketball season, and honoring former board member Lawrence Webb for his years of service to the Falls Church community. The Board then approved the creation of a committee to develop a Collective Bargaining Resolution Agreement for the Board's consideration later this Spring.
April 06, 2022
March 28, 2022 - Falls Church School Board Budget Presentation to City Council.
Falls Church School Board Chair Laura Downs and Superintendent Peter Noonan presented the Board's FY23 Advertised Budget before the Falls Church City Council last night. Among the items included: Employee Compensation Step increase for eligible employees Recovery step from FY 2021 for eligible employees Cost of Living increase of 2.25 percent $3,000/yr stipend for National Board Certified Teachers One-time $1,000 bonus for staff at the end of their salary lane. $15/hour minimum wage effective March 1, 2022 Working Conditions Career and Technical Education, Math, Science teachers School Nurse and Psychologist Secondary Campus Parent Liaison
March 29, 2022
WHM Episode 5 - Holly Manson and Julie Lu, Botanologica
In the final episode of our Women's History Month series, student Coral Rankin interviews Holly Manson and Julie Lu of Botanologica.
March 28, 2022
March 22, 2022 - Falls Church School Board Work Session
During its March Work Session, the Falls Church School Board unanimously approved a 25-year lease agreement with Sun Tribe Solar to construct a 65,000 square foot solar photovoltaic energy system for Meridian High School. It received a presentation on the $10 million grant awarded to the City of Falls Church and Virginia Tech to analyze traffic congestion and pedestrian safety concerns and apply technologies to solve them. Other discussions included a request for an Easement for the West Falls development, a demographer for the city and school, and answers to questions about the collective bargaining process.
March 23, 2022
WHM Episode 4 - Dr. Anusha Shankar, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
In this week's episode of our Women's History Month series, student Jack Rifkin interviews Dr. Ansha Shankar, a post-doctorate fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithica, New York.
March 21, 2022
WHM Episode 3 - Rachelle Barimany, Dominion Jewelers
For this episode in our Women's History Month series, Rachelle Barimany, Chief Financial Officer of Dominion Jewelers is interviewed by Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School student Marisa Sotelino.
March 14, 2022
March 8, 2022 - Falls Church School Board Regular Meeting
At its Regular Meeting for March, the Falls Church School Board received an information presentation on Collective Bargaining. The Virginia General Assembly last year voted to permit local governing bodies to legally bargain with labor unions. The Board also approved the disposal of an old Prius and installation of new infrastructure to charge the two new electric school buses we are hoping are soon to arrive.
March 09, 2022
Episode 2 - Molly Hermann, The Biscuit Factory
Molly Hermann, owner of The Biscuit Factory is interviewed by Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School student Jillian Sterner.
March 07, 2022
Week 27 - Roots, Resilience, & Renewal
In this episode, Superintendent Peter Noonan shares the implication of the new CDC COVID-19 guidance on Falls Church City Public Schools. And the news is really good!
March 03, 2022
March 3, 2022 - Special Meeting of the Falls Church School Board
The Falls Church School Board held a Special Meeting to approve a new Policy JA - Public Health and Pandemic Policy.
March 03, 2022
Episode 1 - VA State Senator Jennifer B. Boysko
Virginia State Senator Jennifer B Boysko is interviewed by Meridian High School students C.C. Meade and Grace Tarpgaard.
February 28, 2022
Week 26 - Roots, Resilience, & Renewal
This week, Superintendent Peter Noonan celebrates the School Board's approval of its proposed budget, the status of the ViSSTA COVID Screening program migration, and an upcoming survey on how our students and staff are managing life's challenges at school and beyond.
February 25, 2022
Feb 22, 2022 - Falls Church School Board Work Session
The Falls Church School Board unanimously approved a proposed budget for FY2022-23 for submission to the City Manager. Among the items included: Employee Compensation Step increase for eligible employees Recovery step from FY 2021 for eligible employees Cost of Living increase of 2.25 percent $3,000/yr stipend for National Board Certified Teachers One-time $1,000 bonus for staff at the end of their salary lane. $15/hour minimum wage effective March 1, 2022 Working Conditions Career and Technical Education, Math, Science teachers School Nurse and Psychologist Secondary Campus Parent Liaison The Board also received an update on Strategic Plan work and an update on FCCPS COVID response.
February 23, 2022
Feb. 8 2022 - Falls Church School Board Meeting
During its February Regular Meeting, the Falls Church School Board was itself celebrated during School Board Appreciation Month. It then turned the congratulation light on three teachers for achieving National Board Certification and two others whose certifications were renewed. And in the 'Spotlight,' GIVE Day Ambassadors and organizers were celebrated for another successful service day. The meeting included a Closed Meeting and this audio has been edited to remove the silence during that time.
February 09, 2022
Roots, Resilience, & Renewal - Week 23 Update
Falls Church City Public Schools Superintendent Peter Noonah shares his updates for the 23 Week of school. Included changes to COVID responses, the end of the semester, honoring Black History Month, budget work, School Board meetings, and lots of wonderful activities going on across our schools.
February 04, 2022
January 25, 2022 - School Board Work Session
This meeting began with a lengthy closed session. This file has been edited to eliminate the silence and continues as the Board reconvenes in an open session. The Falls Church School Board received an update on the Meridian High School Sustainability Academy in its third year. The Board also held its first Budget Work Session on the FY23 Budget and worked through answers to questions board members submitted about the revenue and spending plan. Dr. Noonan also updated the community on COVID vaccination rates in the division in the JA Policy Update and Questions agenda item.
January 26, 2022
January 20, 2022 - Special Meeting of the Falls Church School Board
As this meeting began with a Closed Meeting, this file has been edited to eliminate the silence. It begins as School Board members return to the Open Meeting.
January 26, 2022
Superintendent's Proposed Budget - January 19, 2022
Superintendent Peter Noonan presented his proposed FY 2022-2023 Budget during a live web stream to the Falls Church community on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.
January 20, 2022
Falls Church School Board Organizational and Regular Meeting - January 11, 2022
The Falls Church School Board unanimously selected former Vice-Chair, Laura Downs, to serve as Chair, and incoming board member Tate Gould to serve as Vice-Chair for the 2022 term. Superintendent Peter Noonan presented his proposed budget for the 2022-2023 school year.
January 12, 2022
Falls Church School Board - December 14, 2021
Final School Board Meeting of 2021 For the last meeting of the calendar year, the Fall Church School Board began by honoring four members who are leaving at the end of the month. Special recognition was given to former Board Chair Dr. Greg Anderson and current Board Chair Shannon Litton for their years of service. Thanks to Edwin B Henderson II and Dr. Sonia Ruiz-Bolaños for serving out interim terms this year. The Board worked through a packed agenda that included approval of the 2022-2023 School Calendar, four new courses at Meridian High School, the five-year Capital Improvements Program, and its Legislative Package.
December 16, 2021